The Poem/The Song: Art of Time Ensemble
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Art of Time Ensemble, led by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, presents a programme of music inspired by poetry in a variety of contrasting musical settings, just in time for TIFA. Among the highlights from this 2014 recorded performance: Margaret Atwood reads her poem Thriller Suite accompanied by an original musical composition from Canadian composer Dan Parr; Franz Liszt’s musical impression of Petrarch’s Sonnets; music from the worldwide smash-hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, which was inspired by the poetry of T.S. Eliot; a fantastical setting of Walt Whitman by composer George Crumb; and the ultimate marriage of poetry and music in the work of Leonard Cohen. Performers include singers Thom Allison, Gregory Hoskins and Carla Huhtanen.
ABOUT ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE
Renowned concert pianist Andrew Burashko formed Art of Time Ensemble in 1998 by inviting a group of like-minded musicians and prominent figures in dance, theatre and other art forms to perform one-off concerts in Toronto. The company has gone on to become a leader in Toronto’s vibrant performing arts scene, through its subscription season at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, regular appearances at Koerner Hall, album releases, performances with leading Canadian orchestras, and the tours of its unique offerings to dozens of cities throughout Canada and the United States. Exploring the relationship between classical music in its many forms and other genres such as jazz, pop, electronica, rock, folk, electroacoustic, gospel and others, Art of Time seeks to reveal the qualities that lie at the heart of all great music.